I still haven’t gotten far in trying to understand Matthew 11:13 and the phrase “until John“.
Matthew 11:13-14 (ESV)
13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,
14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.
Here is a comment John MacArthur made about the verse in a sermon on John the Baptist – True Greatness.
Then verse 13, John is the culmination of everything, “For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.” He is the culmination. Everything from Genesis to John is moving along to the moment that he pointed to Christ. And it was all one message from Genesis to John was one message – The Messiah’s coming, the Messiah’s coming, the Messiah is coming. And he was the culmination. He was it.
What a commendation. He is the focus … everything is swirling around him. The kingdom is moving violently through the godless, human system. And eager, vigorous people are pressing into it. Why? Because this is the climax, everything has built up to John.